Saturday, April 5, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


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IMA ELECTIONS: The annual meeting of the local IMA branch was held here under the chairmanship of Dr Jaswant Singh on Thursday. Mrs (Dr) Adarsh Talwar was elected president and Mrs (Dr) Sneh Chugh general secretary. The meeting was followed by a cultural programme.

: A free medical camp would be organised by the district unit of the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) at Chhelari Khurad village here on Saturday. Talking to mediapersons, Dr S.K. Bansal said around 450 patients were examined by doctors and were provided with free medicines besides various test facilities during an earlier camp at the local Civil Hospital.

BHOG CEREMONY: Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, MP and SHSAD Chief, on Thursday exhorted Sikh youth to recognise the rich heritage of Sikh Panth. He was speaking at a bhog ceremony at Chinarthal Kalan village here. The Path of Guru Granth Sahib was organised by Mr Harbhajan Singh, Sarpanch of the village, for the speedy recovery of Mr Tohra who had undergone a bypass surgery in Delhi. Mr Harmail Singh Tohra, Mr Kirpal Singh Libra, Mr Ranjeet Singh Libra, Mr Balwant Singh Shahpur, Mr Karnail Singh Pinjoli, Mr Ajaib Singh Jakhwali, Mr Harmahinder Singh Harji and Mr Rajinder Singh Tohra also addressed the gathering.

CONFERENCE: At least 100 delegates from five state will participate in the two-day sixth North Zone Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) starting April 5. The conference is being organised by the Departmental Medicine, Government Medical College, Amritsar.

EMPLOYEES RALLY: Members of the Punjab PWD (B&R) Employees Coordination Committee held a rally before the office of the Superintendent Engineer, Amritsar circle here on Thursday. State president Avtar Singh Dhillon said the rally was held against the recent order of the Principal Secretary of Punjab, Lok Nirman Vibhag, that 16 Sub-Divisional Engineers would work as P.As to Superintendent Engineers.

THREE HELD: The city police on Thursday registered an FIR against three persons under Sections 29 and 25 of the Indian Arms Act and 188 of the IPC for carrying arms Act in public. Those arrested are Baldev Maur and his accomplices identifies as Rawinder Singh and Rajinder Singh.

TAKES OVER: Mr Lachhman Singh Brar has taken over as the Education Officer of Bathinda district. Earlier, he was posted as the Principal of the DIET at Ferozepore.

INAUGURATED: Bibi Gurcharan Kaur, member, Rajya Sabha, inaugurated a swimming pool at the local Government Brijindra College on Friday. The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 10 lakh. She also announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the construction of a girls’ common room in the college. Mr A. Veenu Prasad, Deputy Commissioner, presided over the function.

HEALTHCARE UNIT: The local Elders Service Society has decided to set up a mobile health careunit for elders residing at Sadiq village and its adjoining area. The unit will start functioning from April 10 and cater to the needs of 1,700 persons of 11 villages, Mr Jagmohan Singh Brar, president of the society, said on Friday.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Hoshiarpur branch of the Indian Medical Association: president — Dr Rajinder Sharma; vice-president — Dr Naresh Sud; secretary — Dr B.S. Ahuja; joint secretary — Dr Ruby Ahuja; and treasurer — Dr Pawan Kalia.

ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Lions Club Royal of Hoshiarpur: president — Mr Manish Gupta; secretary — Mr Jagdev Singh Randhawa; treasurer — Mr Harvinder Pal Singh; public relations officer — Mr Deepak Garg; and chairman membership growth — Mr Hargobind Singh.

MASS CONTACT PLAN: To listen to the problems of the public, review developmental activities on the spot and faster cordial relations between the administration and the people the Punjab Government has decided to organise special functions in rural and urban areas. This was stated by Mr Jagmohan Singh Kang, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Sports, at Badoan-Sardulpur village in Garhshankar block of the district on Thursday.

ASSOCIATION FORMED: The newly formed Newspapers Distributors Association here has decided to protect the rights of its members by communicating their concerns to the authorities concerned. Mr Yashpal and Mr Mohan Lal have been unanimously elected chairman and vice-chairman of the association . Others who have been elected office-bearers are president-Mr Khajan Singh; senior-presidents — Mr Mohinder Minocha and Mr Jawahar Lal; Vice-president — Mr Jasbir Singh; general secretary — Mr Sunil Sharma; joint secretaries Jaswinder and Bharat Bhushan Tresurer —Mr Pritam.

: The Taalmel Committee here organised a rally in protest against the US-led aggression on Iraq. Addressing the rally, the secretary, Mr Yashpal, charged the Bush Administration with violating international law and the UN Charter by attacking Iraq. He also criticised the NDA government for adopting a middle path and not condemning the aggression.

CHARGE TAKEN: Mr Harbhinder Singh and Dr Ranjit Singh assumed the office of the local Nagar Panchayat president and vice-president on Friday. Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon, MLA, Mr Tarsem Lal, EO, Mr Harbans Singh Pandher, chairman Block Samiti, and Congress workers were present.

OVERCHARGING: On the complaint by LPG consumers against overcharging for gas cylinders by distributors in the name of home delivery, the local Food and Civil Supplies Department has warned all distributors to stop this malpractice or face action, according to Mr Parminder Singh Bedi, DFSO.

: The Punjab Health Systems Corporation Hospital, Pakhowal, organised a multi-speciality outreach free medical camp at Buraj Littan village, under the supervision of the SMO in charge, Dr R.S. Gill. Dr Kulwinder Singh, Dr Malwinder Kaur, Dr Ashwani Sharma, Dr Gurtejinder Kaur, Dr Vineet Galhotra and other specialists examined around 375 patients and provided them with free medicines. A function was also organised that was presided over by Dr G.K. Sood, Deputy Medical Commissioner, Ludhiana. Mr Harmohinder Singh, former MLA, was the chief guest.

DA RELEASE: The Government Pensioners’ Association has welcomed the release of another DA installment at the rate of three per cent, with effect from January, 2003 by the Centre. Mr Yash Paul Ghai, additional general secretary, Punjab Government Pensioners Association, in a press note on Friday said it would raise the quantum of DA/DR from 52 to 55 per cent of the basic pay/pension. More than seven lakh Punjab Government employees, including those working in various boards and corporations, have urged the Punjab Finance Minister to release the installments at the earliest in the wake of substantial improvement in the financial health of the state. Meanwhile, in a communication to the Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, the association has urged to merge 50 per cent DA/DR in the basic pay/pension for all purposes, including retirement benefits, in accordance with the recommendation of the Fifth Central Pay Commission.

CELEBRATIONS: The Punjab Sabhyacharak Academy in association with Asian Club will celebrate Baisakhi on April 12 at Punjabi Bhavan. Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Director of the academy, will inaugurate the celebrations. Mr Jassowal stated that the main objective was to carry forward the cultural traditions of the region. Budding artistes would also get a chance to showcase their talent in different performing arts.

MELA: Shree Sidh Yogi Baba Balak Nath Prachar Sangh will organise a five-day mela from April 11. Sanjeev will pray to Baba Balak Nath in Baba Nath Temple at Ghumar Mandi from 4 pm to 6 pm. A shobha yatra will be taken out in Moti Nagar, while Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, will light the flame of “jagran” at 9 pm. On April 12, a “shobha yatra” will be taken out and cultural festivities would start at 10 am on April 13, which would continue on April 14. Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister for Stationery, would be the chief guest on the final day. Free food will be served on all days.

SHOBHA YATRA: Arya Samaj, Model Town, will take out a shobha yatra on the eve of celebrations of its annual day. The yatra will be taken out under the supervision of Mr Satyanand Munjal of Hero Cycles on Saturday at 3 pm. The yatra will start from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. Students of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, Arya Kanya Gurkul, BCM School, Chandigarh Road, will participate in the yatra.

BHUMI PUJAN: A “bhumi pujan” for the installation of idols of Lord Shiva’s family was performed at Mahaganpati Temple in Sector 32-A on Chandigarh Road on Thursday. The idols of Ganesh, Parvati, Nandigan, Kartikay Swami, and Shivling will be installed in the next three months. The temple will be constructed on basis of Vaastu Shastra.

A meeting of the local unit of the Youth Wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) was held here on Friday. The meeting was chaired by its district president, Mr Ravinder Singh Khalsa, who assigned duties to the workers for the meeting scheduled to be held at Quila Harnam Das on Sunday. Mr Khalsa said the SAD (Amritsar) Chief, Mr Simranjeet Singh Mann, would address the meeting and declare a programme for the youth. The meeting was attended by Mr Iman Singh Mann besides circle presidents of the district.

PROCUREMENT CENTRES: The district administration has set up as many as 90 wheat procurement centres. This was stated here on Friday by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr G. Romesh Kumar.



BJP FOUNDATION DAY: The BJP Vice-President, Mr Harshvardhan, will address local party workers during the celebrations to make the party's foundation day on April 6. BJP local unit president Yashpal Mahajan and national executive committee member Satyapal Jain, will also address the workers. 

WORKSHOP: A workshop on career options in management and opportunities to study abroad was organised by IMS Learning Resources for principals, teachers and training officers of various colleges in and around Chandigarh, here on Friday. The workshop was aimed at creating awareness amongst teachers, who in turn would be able to guide students and help them plan their careers. IMS centre manager, Guneet Singh gave a presentation on the finer aspects of career options for an MBA, trends in management education in India and crucial factors for selection in management institutes.

YOUTH AWARD: Gaurav Gaur of Chandigarh has been presented with Youth Award by the Nehru Yuva Kendra in recognition of his voluntary work for the welfare of society. A graduate student from Kurukshetra University, Gaurav has been involved with various welfare schemes conducted by voluntary organisations and the Chandigarh Administration. An NSS volunteer of 1998- 2000 batch, Gaurav has been a part of a cycle rally for world peace and azadi bachao andolan'.

AWARDED: Mr Vishal Ahuja has been awarded the Aikat Memorial Gold Medal for being the best outgoing BSc medical technology (laboratory) student for the year 2000 by the PGI. The award was given to Mr Ahuja at the PGI's 25th convocation by the Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj.

INAUGURATED: Mr Justice N.K. Sodhi, Executive Chairman of the State Legal Service Authority, has inaugurated the office complex of the UT State Legal Service Authority at the ground floor of Additional Building Complex in Sector 9, said Mr Sant Parkash, Member Secretary-cum-Judge, Permanent Lok Adalat, on Friday.



JEEP OVERTURNS: One person was killed and another injured when a Jeep overturned and dashed against a tree on the Barwala road here on Friday, the police said. The ill-fated Jeep was on its way from Ambala to Hisar. The accident took place when the Jeep’s driver reportedly lost control over the vehicle and dashed against a tree killing one person on the spot. The victim has been identified as Ved Pal Shastri, a Sanskrit lecturer in Government College, Jind.

EXHIBITIONS: To mark the silver jubilee celebrations of the National Council of Science Museums a three-panel exhibition, highlighting the achievements of the NCSM, was inaugurated by Mr R.S. Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, Kurukshetra University-cum-Chairman, Local Advisory Committee, Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre here on Friday. Mr Kumar said a travelling exhibition developed by the NCSM, called ‘100 Years of Nobel Prize’, would be organised in the month of May or June.



ANNUAL CREDIT PLAN: Deputy Commissioner Devesh Kumar Gupta on Thursday launched a Rs 69.83 crore annual credit plan for the district for the year 2003-04, an increase of 22 per cent as compared to last year. Mr Babu Ram Sharma; Lead District Manager, Punjab National Bank, said while a sum of Rs 61.27 crore would be spent under the priority sector a sum of Rs 8.56 crore would be spent under the non-priority sector.

HEIGHTS NETWORK: The 115th branch of Heights Institute network in the country was inaugurated by Tourism Minister Vijay Singh Mankotia here on Thursday to provide facilities in varied fields under one roof to the youths of the state. Mr Mankotia stressed on attaining proficiency in different fields in order to fight tough times ahead. He said Heights would provide education in computer, fashion and interior designing, besides export management, hardware and networking under one roof.

RAPE: A 24-year-old housewife was raped by a neighbour in her house in Sarnoo village under Shahpur police station in this district. A case has been registered with the Shahpur police, the police said here on Thursday. The suspect has been arrested.

CREDIT PLAN ENHANCED: A Rs 154.39 crore district credit plan was approved at a meeting of officials engaged in various development agencies and management of the Punjab National Bank here on Thursday. The credit plan this year has been enhanced by Rs 26.76 crore, with thrust on generating self-employment opportunities for the rural poor and involvement of women in such ventures.

RECONSTITUTED: The Himachal Government has re-constituted the Board of Directors of the state Civil Supplies Corporation for two years. Mr Singhi Ram, Food and Supplies Minister, will head the board and Mr Avay Shukla, Principal Secretary, Food and Supplies, Mr S.K. Sood, Baldi, Managing-Director of the Civil Supplies Corporation, Mr T.D. Negi, Registrar, Cooperative Societies, and Mr R.C. Kapil, Director, Food and Supplies, will be its official directors.


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